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Frances Bean Cobain Settles Divorce, Loses Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged Guitar To Ex



Frances Bean Cobain lost the bid to regain possession of Kurt Cobain's iconic guitar from her ex-husband Isaiah Silva after a two-year legal showdown. 

According to reports, the 25-year-old finally settled her divorce from her husband of two years on Monday, May 14. Court documents obtained by the press revealed that the 1959 Martin D-18E, which the Nirvana frontman and lyricist used in a performance for MTV's Unplugged in November 1993, will remain in the possession of Silva. 

After five years of dating, Frances married Silva back 2014 in a secret summer wedding attended by close friends. She filed for divorce two years later in March 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. 

In December, a judge finally declared her a single woman, but the couple was unable to come into agreement regarding their assets. 

Wins And Losses

Part of the bitter, two-year legal battle between Frances and her ex-husband is Kurt's guitar which he used in one of his final performances before his suicide in April 1994. Silva insists that the musical instrument was given to him by the rock star's daughter as a gift and, therefore, is rightfully his. 

Frances denied the claim and requested the judge to keep the guitar within her family. 

People reports that Silva will get to keep the guitar which is reportedly worth millions by now, but he will not receive spousal support from Frances. In court documents obtained by the site, Kurt and Courtney Love's only daughter filed a request barring Silva access from her father's estate which is valued at around $450 million. 

TMZ added that Silva was actually asking for $25,000 a month for spousal support, but was denied. He also has to move out from the house that they bought and has to pay for his own legal bills. 

The young painter is currently dating The Ceremonies frontman, Matthew Cook. 

Court Seals Kurt Cobain's Death Photos

News about the finalization of the divorce comes a few days after the court sided with Frances and Love in the legal battle to keep photos from Kurt's suicide in 1994 sealed. 

The Blast reports that, in 2014, an author named Richard Lee sued the city of Seattle to get the photos of the rock icon released. Apparently, he has spent more than two decades investigating the death of the singer-songwriter and believes that he was killed in a conspiracy involving the government. 

Legal documents claim that the photos in question show Kurt Cobain's body as it lay in the family residence after he was shot in the head. Both Frances and Love had to testify in court. 

Lee lost the legal battle in 2015, but he filed an appeal last year. 

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